The Trees and Timber Institute of the National Research Council was created in September 2002 by the merging of three previous institutes: the Institute for the Propagation of Tree Species (IPSL), the Institute of Wood Research (IRL) and the Institute of Wood Technology (ITL). It is the biggest Italian institute for research in the wood-forest sector.
The staff of IVALSA comprises 80 people, divided between the four branches in Trento, Florence, Grosseto and Catania. The research activities cover the technological development of wood, building, dendrochronology and preservation of the cultural heritage, protection and valorisation of the forests, assistance for companies, education and documentation service.
The laboratories are equipped with innovative and advanced testing machinery and perform activities of consultancy and certification.
IVALSA collaborates with many Universities for the accomplishment of master or doctoral theses and participates in many national and European research projects. Moreover, IVALSA takes part in standardising processes for the entire area of wood on both the national and European level.
IVALSA is a meeting place for scientific and technical exchanges; the natural reference point for the wood sector and for whoever is dealing with wood as a specialist, researcher, designer or building contractor.
IVALSA aims to improve scientific knowledge and to develop technological applications and solutions, thus strengthening the competitiveness of forest- and wood based products in all areas of use.
- Characterization, selection and propagation of tree species and biodiversity preservation
- Valorization and protection of the agro-forest environment
- Forest mechanization and biomass supply
- Quality improvement of timber production in forests and plantations
- Promotion of wood technology and civil industrial uses of timber
- Cultural heritage
Université de Grenoble
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of British Columbia
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)
Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)
Libera Università di Bolzano
Bulding Research Institute, Tsukuba (BRI)
National Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, Tsukuba (NIED)
University of Shizuoka
Agenzia Regionale per lo Sviluppo e l’Innovazione in Agricoltura (ARSIA)
Gdansk University of Technology
FCT Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
University of California Davis